Dutch sperm bank doc ‘fa­thered 19 kids’

New Straits Times - - World -

THE HAGUE: A now-de­ceased Dutch doc­tor in charge of a sperm bank is likely to have fa­thered at least 19 chil­dren through in-vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion (IVF) treat­ment, a com­par­i­son of their DNA re­vealed on Tues­day. The in­sti­tute, known as FIOM, said it com­pared DNA from a le­git­i­mate child of Dr Jan Kar­baat, who died last month, with 19 peo­ple born from IVF treat­ment. “The DNA from the le­git­i­mate child matches that of 19 half-broth­ers and half-sis­ters.” The Kar­baat fam­ily’s lawyer de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions and urged the court to re­spect the fam­ily’s pri­vacy.

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